The time taken to register a death

Popul Trends. 1997 Summer;(88):48-55.


This article analyses delays in the registration of death and discusses their effect on mortality statistics. It is shown that the longest delays arise when deaths are the subject of a coroner's inquest, in particular deaths in road traffic accidents. These delays mean that it may be many months before an acceptable proportion of deaths occurring in a year have been registered, so affecting how early a reliable extract of annual data can be taken. It also shows that the difference in the number of deaths occurring and the number registered in a year is strongly influenced by the weekdays on which holidays fall at the New Year.

MeSH terms

  • Cause of Death
  • Coroners and Medical Examiners
  • Death Certificates*
  • England / epidemiology
  • Holidays
  • Humans
  • Mortality
  • Registries / standards*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Time Factors
  • Wales / epidemiology